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November 5, 2013 > Exhibit delivers local photographersÕ best

Exhibit delivers local photographersÕ best

Submitted By Arathi Satish

A photograph can communicate the awesome beauty of nature, wonderful mysteries of life, and great achievements of mankind unlike any other art medium. In order to see the world in a variety of ways and appreciate local artists, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC), Fremont Photographic Society, City of Fremont, and Fremont Main Library are sponsoring the 20th annual ÒJuried Photography Exhibit.Ó

An opening night reception will be held on Friday, November 8 in Fremont Main LibraryÕs Fukaya Room. FCAC President Margaret Thornberry noted, ÒYear after year the quality of the photographs Ð the technical aspects, composition, subjectsÑseem to me to be at an even higher level. [The public is invited to] attend the reception and vote for your favorite PeopleÕs Choice photograph or drop by the library to enjoy the photos in the reading area.Ó

Exhibit Chairman Jason Cheng who has chaired this event for the past few years, pointed out, ÒI think many of the changes are a reflection of improvements in technology. There are more large prints being entered because cameras, even relatively inexpensive ones, are capable of producing files that can produce better quality enlargements. Many of the digital SLRs now produce images comparable to those produced by medium format or even large format cameras in the film era. It is easier for photographers to make their own digital prints now, giving them more control over the final product.Ó

A panel of judges selected the photographs that will be displayed. People used to enter one or two photographs, but now more entrants submit the maximum five prints, reflecting the fact that those who enter the show are serious photographers.

Open to Fremont residents, members of FCAC, and Fremont Photographic Society, this exhibit is very popular among local photographers.
With the advent of digital technology, many changes can be seen in the way photographic images are presented. ÒWith digital technology we are seeing a lot more manipulated creative category prints in our camera club and to some extent in the exhibit,Ó Cheng says. ÒPersonally I have somewhat mixed feelings about this. To me part of photography is capturing a moment in time. Some of the heavily manipulated images we see today are quite removed from reality, almost a different art form Ð perhaps digital art Ð rather than more traditional photography which is more rooted in reality. Many photographers would disagree and in any case it is hard to draw the line between the two.Ó

This year, 168 photographs by 42 photographers were received. 106 photographs were selected for display and 12 awards have been announced.

First Place:
Hiroko Muramatsu - Pewter Vases and Milkweed Seeds
Second Place:
Hiroko Muramatsu - One Day of Passion
Third Place:
Rajeev Shankar - The Psychedelic Pawn Rises

Merit awards:
Gregory Scott Smith - Handyman
Art Widener - Falling Sand
Eduardo Kneler - Cub Learning the Ropes; Courtship; The Bird and the Bee
Alan Bickett - Autumn Snowstorm; Primordial Sea
Debora Tidwell - Sandpiper Browns
Ian Bornarth - High Sierra and Milky Way

Visitors can also buy some of the prints on display; title cards will indicate whether a specific photograph is available for purchase. A master list will be kept at the reference desk of the library of items available for purchase and the prices. Interested visitors will be given the photographerÕs contact information. Sales are between the photographer and the buyer; FCAC and the library are not parties to any sales. Any print sold will remain in the exhibit until the final day, Friday, December 13.

More details about the event can be found online at For more information, contact Exhibit Chairman Jason Cheng at (510) 683-9536.

Juried Photography Exhibit
Friday, Nov 8 - Friday, Dec 13
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fremont Main Library Reading Area

Opening Night Reception
Friday, Nov 8
6:30 p.m. Ð 8:30 p.m.
Fukaya Room

Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745 -1400

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